Local golfers advance to nationals

The Kitchen Creek Golf Course once again is heading to the Buick Scramble Canadian championships.
Last year, club pro Steve Wood teamed up with the foursome of Clarke Deacon, Colin Drombolis, John Gibson, and Greg Ste. Croix.
This year, Wood will be going along with Andy Crook, Jon Dupuis, Bill Moody, and Alton Pollard, who notched a jaw-dropping score of 57 at the Buick Scramble Manitoba sectional tournament on Monday.
The local team won by four strokes in the eight-team tournament, which observes a “best ball” format (except for their opening drives, all five players hit from the best-positioned ball).
Now they will focus their sights on the Battlefield Golf Course in Niagara Falls, which will be the setting for the Canadian championship Aug. 21.
“The guys were pretty relaxed and everyone was contributing, and hopefully we can now take that next step,” said Wood.
Last year’s team posted an eight-under net score at the nationals but failed to qualify to the North American championship, which sees the winner of that tournament presented the trophy by Tiger Woods.
“That would be neat [to be presented with the trophy by Woods],” said Wood.
The Buick Scramble, now in its 22nd year, is the world’s largest amateur golf tournament, with more than 80,000 golfers participating annually in the event which boasts Woods as its honourary chairman.